Step back from the fact this picture book, Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie is based on the idea of Bowie’s childhood and not a true account of his life, and you will enjoy this story that tells us to dance to the stars and dance with the cosmos. It shows that you need to be yourself and to hear what other people cannot hear. And learn that we all need to listen to those stars and that cosmos.
Jami Gigot created a story we have seen before (be yourself, be different, the unique styles we all have), but this time it is a bit more artistic and a little less “mainstream” than what usually is presented. It has some crazy out there illustrious that polish everything off and give Gigot’s pages both a realistic and a surreal feeling at the same time.
Of course, there are also facts about Bowie’s life as well. The lyrics and this information are woven into the story seamlessly as they are the building blocks of the actual message of this picture book.
These colorful and busy but not overwhelming details, along with strong text, and the actual colors that pop off the page makes this a great gift for fans of Bowie or for those of us who dance not just to our own drummer, but our own Star Band.
I was unfamiliar with Gigot’s other work before this title. However, now I am hoping to find the others and the new one due November/December 2021. All ages can appreciate this book.